Philips Hue Outdoor Range Coming This Summer

 

Philips today announced the first products to be added to its highly anticipated Philips Hue outdoor range. Extending the Philips Hue range even further, from wall mounted luminaires, to spot lighting and pillar posts, Philips Hue’s outdoor range offers the freedom to extend Hue features and functionality to any outside area, be it a garden, terrace or balcony. The new Philips Hue outdoor products span both the Philips Hue white and Philips Hue white and colour ambiance ranges, allowing users to improve the security of their home for added peace of mind as well as creating the perfect outdoor ambiance, all with the simple tap of a button.

“Our customers are always looking for new ways to extend their smart lighting system and the new Philips Hue outdoor range takes it a huge step further,” said Sridhar Kumaraswamy, Business Leader Home Systems & Luminaires at Philips Lighting. “While Philips Hue bulbs and luminaires are available for every area inside your home, we wanted to traverse the threshold and offer connected luminaires designed for outside areas. The Philips Hue outdoor range enables you to make the most of your outside areas, be it creating the ideal ambiance to host a BBQ at the weekend or beautifying your garden.”

Complete control to fit to your daily routine

Like all Philips Hue products, the Philips Hue outdoor range is fully compatible with the Philips Hue ecosystem and works in the same way as the indoor range. Simply connect your outdoor lighting to the Philips Hue bridge and control with the touch of a button, whether you’re home or away. Just as with indoor Philips Hue lights, you can control your outdoor lighting in any way you wish, with the Philips Hue app or with your voice to create the perfect ambiance in any outside space. Your outdoor lights can also be triggered by the Home & Away function in the Hue app. With the location awareness on your mobile phone the Hue lights you choose outdoor and indoor can turn on automatically to welcome you home.

Enjoy greater peace of mind with Philips Hue white

With several products to choose from in the Philips Hue white outdoor range, you can select the best product to suit the aesthetics of your home and your personal lighting needs. A few of the outdoor luminaires are perfect for mounting near a front or back door, so your lights can welcome you and your visitors to your home. With the Philips Hue app, you can turn your outdoor lights on or off remotely or schedule them to automatically switch on at specific moments in the day.

Host in style with Philips Hue white and color ambiance

With the Philips Hue white and colour ambiance outdoor range, you can take your outdoor space to the next level, whether dining with friends, relaxing with a book, or simply beatifying your garden with coloured light. A new unique spotlight, the Philips Hue Lily, can be used to highlight the key design features in your garden, illuminating beautiful flower beds, or potted plants by choosing from the 16 million colours available via the Philips Hue app. Alternatively, the Philips Hue Calla is perfect for path lighting and can also be used to enhance your outdoor space. Simply choose a colour which suits your mood, or even go one step further and change your lighting to reflect your guest’s favourite colour palette, dimming to create a more intimate setting as the night draws on.

All Philips Hue outdoor products are designed for outdoor use and easy to install. The Hue white and colour ambiance range is based on a plug and play system, making installation easy and allowing for full flexibility to position wherever you need light. The products have a color temperature range of 2200-6500 Kelvin and feature 16 million colours. They will be available in Europe and the United States in July.

Luminaires

The luminaires attach to the side of your house, usually mounted near a door, and are intended to act as a replacement for the traditional motion-activated welcome/security light. These will be available in a range of styles.

Spotlights

The spotlights are intended to highlight particular features and will come in a pack of three

A new unique spotlight, the Philips Hue Lily, can be used to highlight the key design features in your garden, illuminating beautiful flower beds, or potted plants by choosing from the 16 million colors available via the Philips Hue app.

Bollard lights

Finally, Calla is a bollard light, designed to provide path or driveway lighting.

Philips Hue Calla is perfect for path lighting and can also be used to enhance your outdoor space. Simply choose a colour which suits your mood, or even go one step further and change your lighting to reflect your guest’s favourite colour palette, dimming to create a more intimate setting as the night draws on.

No UK pricing has been released but US and EUR prices have the Spotlights USD 279.99 /EUR 299 and includes three light points and all the accessories you need to get started. The Calla bollard will retail for USD 129.99 / EUR 139.99 as base unit pack. Not sure about the Luminaires making it to the UK only US pricing was released.

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Home Automation Devices I Use

Here is a list of all the products that I use and a brief of where/why they are used

Six Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor – These are mainly used in blind spots of the Aeon Multisensor 6 or places that I don’t need all the extra data just need Motion
Four Samsung SmartThings Multi Sensor – These are on the important doors of the house Front, Back, Shed
Two Samsung SmartThings Presence Sensor – These are just backup to our Life360 Presence Service
Three SmartThings Outlet – These are mainly to boost the ZigBee signal around house and get it to the shed only the shed powers anything which is just some LED’s that are in the garden.
Two Samsung SmartThings Moisture Sensor – One is by the boiler & washing machine the other is by the dishwasher
Four Xiaomi Buttons – These are just simple push buttons its something I would like to replace as they can be hit and miss on if it registers the hit I believe the Aqara buttons are better but won’t be trying them I’ll go with a different brand
Six Xiaomi Door/Window Sensor – Got these to please the other half so she could check all the downstairs windows are shut
Fifteen Xiaomi Aqara Door/Window Sensor – She like it so much I was made to do every window in the house and I also did every internal door
Two GreenWave PowerNode Outlet – Got these cheap off Ebay one does the tumble dyer notifications and the other is used with our heated under-blanket in the bedroom
One TKB-TZ69E Outlet – Got this to do the washing machine notifications I haven’t found it very reliable in turning off and on but I don’t use that feature just the power monitoring
One Fibaro FGK-101 Door and Window Sensor – White – This is left over from the Smart Doorbell for under £50 pounds as I now have a ring doorbell this is now used on an internal door
Eight Aeon Labs Multisensor 6 – Z-Wave Plus – I have one of these in very major room in the house
Two Aeon Siren – I have one in the shed and one upstairs to wake me if the shed has been broken into
Three Aeon Outlet (Discontinued) – These are the modules type they are used for the bathroom, outside and shed lights
Two Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Battery)
Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation
Two Logitech Harmony Companion Remote Control & Hub – One in the Living room and one in the Dining room
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Xiaomi Mi Cube – Don’t use it but its connected and in my man draw
Two Philips Hue Hubs – I have two one doing upstairs and one downstairs this is due to the hubs having a device limit a few years ago
Twenty-four Philips Hue White Bulbs – That’s a lot of lights
Four Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience – GU10 – I have four downlights in the Living room not used very much due to the blues & greens not that great on the 2nd Gen Colours and can’t justify £150 pounds to upgrade them to 3rd Gen
Five Philips Hue White Ambience – One in the bedroom and the rest in the Kitchen
Two Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus – One is behind my telly and he other is in the kitchen under the kitchen cupboards
Eleven Philips Hue Dimmer Switch – These are mainly as backups as the house is automated the only time these are used is if SmartThings/Webcore has problems

Products Not In Use

Neeo Remote – Backed this on Kickstarter nearly 3 years ago I have received it but it no where near ready to replace my main Logitech Harmony remote, They have done a few firmware updates since I got it but I don’t expect to use it till next year
Knocki – Backed this in 2015 still haven’t received it, I’m supposed to be getting three of them, Not sure what I’m going to use them for now
Novo – Backed this in December 2017, Getting the 6 pack for £150 pounds it was worth a gamble its also backed by E.On supposed to have it before the summer

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Samsung SmartThings Outlet Discontinued? Fire Hazard? Out Of Stock Everywhere!

Now for the last 5 months its been impossible to buy a ST Outlet other than buying a ST Starter Kit which when it was £99 pounds over the Christmas period it may have been worth it, as not only would you get the outlet worth £40-45 but a presence sensor, multi sensor, motion sensor and a hub which you can easily sell for around £50 on eBay.

Now back on topic, the reason for the zero stock available in the UK is it has some problems with handling power-hungry devices is making them melt but that’s not limited to power-hungry devices it can be due to the device your using doesn’t have a plug up to specification, see more information on the matter over at the ST community now this problem was first reported in march 2017 but is has taken them until the 5th February 2018 for the following statement to be released.

We are aware of, and are currently addressing, an issue affecting earlier generation three-pin SmartThings Power Outlets in the UK.

We have determined that, under extremely rare circumstances, there can be a loose connection to a pin of the plug inserted into the outlet. We have conducted a thorough analysis and can confirm that the Power Outlets have safety features within them designed to mitigate safety risks from such issues.

Customers who have any related concerns should contact SmartThings support through their SmartThings App (open SmartThings App >>> Dashboard >>> Support) or directly using support@smartthings.co.uk where a member of our team will be able to assist.

Another ST Staff member posted the following on the 12th December 2017

A large number of UK receptacles contain some sort of thermal response fuse (lived there for almost 2 years and in EU for 27 years), and they generally go up to 13A. Problem is power. In the US, 20A @ 120V means a total instantaneous AC power of 2400VA, whereas the UK 13A plug can deliver a total of 2860VA @ 220V. That extra 460VA is what manufacturers don’t always take into account, causing the trouble. The smart plug is simply not designed to accept that max 2860VA draw a plug (and breaker) in the UK permits. Then boom.

I don’t use ST Outlets for switching anything I have three around my home to boost the ZigBee signal around my house. I setup my friend’s house over the Christmas period which is having huge problems with device drop-outs in parts of his house where ZigBee signal is weak, there are no UK socket alternatives in the UK to boost the signal so he is having to waiting for stock to become available. Currently I can’t recommend SmartThings to anyone unless you can get your ST Hub in the middle of your house you may get away with it while waiting for the new Outlet to become available also there is a 32 device limit with ZigBee without repeaters so with the starter kit you can have a maximum of 64 devices doesn’t sound a lot but if you start doing all your windows and doors it soon adds up, By the way Z-Wave has a device limit of 232 and there’s more options to boost a Z-Wave signal which is any device not powered by batteries but there are exceptions to this.

Update 11/03/2018
Old Plug, No replaceable fuse can only handle 12Amp MAX

New Plug, it’s in the new Smart Kits and reported that customer services will send replacements if you contact them about this issue.
It now has a replaceable fuse and now handle the full 13Amps and now has a BS code BS1363

BS 1363, 13 A plugs socket-outlets adaptors and connection units is a British Standard which specifies the most common type of single-phase AC power plugs and sockets that are used in the United Kingdom. Distinctive characteristics of the system are shutters on the neutral and line socket holes, and a fuse in the plug.

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Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor Gen 3

I recently purchased two Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensors as amazon had them for £19.99 each, I opened one and noticed straight away they were different from the previous model.
This third generation version has a model number of STS-IRM-251 now the more annoying is that they have changed the battery type again, yes that correct three versions of the ST Motion Sensors all use different batteries. Now the first generation doesn’t really effect people in the UK as they was never available, but changing from a CR2450 too a CR2477 is just annoying for people who have both generations.
The cost difference is huge the CR2450’s I normally buy is a Duracell 4 pack that is £6.79 (Feb 2018) but a 4 pack Panasonic CR2477 is £15.90. Now the difference between the batteries is the CR2477 is bigger so it will last long in fact it has the highest capacity of lithium button cell batteries at 1000mAh which is 400 more than the CR2450 so that’s 40% more but paying 134% extra for around only 40% extra battery life isn’t great now there are cheaper alternatives but I like to stick to brands I have heard of and most of the time a bargain is too good to be true.
I now use the following batteries for my smart home CR1620, CR2032, CR2450, CR2477 and CR123.

Remove The Delay Between SmartThings & Logitech Harmony

The way the Logitech Harmony communicates with SmartThings is a pull method which means every 5 minutes ST pulls the information from Logitech this means if you turn on a Activity using the Logitech Remotes or SmartApp ST won’t know about it for up to 5 minutes.  This means using ST to react to Logitech activity’s useless, Logitech does provide Hue integration if thats they smart lighting system you use but its also very limited its either all the time or at set times which is rather limited.
Logitech can connect the other way so we can make Logitech turn on stuff in ST when activities start. So if we turn on the match Logitech Switch in ST we will have little to no delay.

This is an example my activity is called Cable on Logitech Harmony and Living Room Cable on SmartThings, So we need make Harmony turn on Living Room Cable when that activity starts and off when the then activity stops.
You will need to use the Harmony App and Go into the menu > Harmony Setup> Add/Edit Devices & Activities
Your need to setup ST ingratiation first if you haven’t already this is in devices, Add Device > Home Control > Samsung SmartThings


If you have already set this up, SmartThings will appear in your devices, you may have to add your Harmony Devices as you didn’t before to do this press Re-Login

Once you have setup the SmartThings ingratiation you now need to go though all your activities adding the ST switch to each, continuing with cable as our example.

Select a activity, you will then need to edit the start and end sequences

As you can see Living Room Cable is set to turn on in the start sequence, to do this press the Edit Home Control as the very bottom

And this is the end sequence

Now you can do anything you want when a activity starts or ends without delay, there is a issue though when switching activities I have a piston to solve this available here COMING SOON.

All My webCoRE Pistons

Here is a list of all my pistons with a brief description of what they do!

Lights Automation Basic – Light Automation using just door contact
Lights Automation Advanced – Light Automation using motion and contact sensors
Lights With Logitech Harmony – Light Automation that changes if depending on Logitech Harmony state
Logitech Harmony – With changes to your Harmony setup we can remove the delay between ST & Harmony
Logitech Harmony Lights – Now we have no delay between ST & Harmony we have have different light setup depending on Lux and/or Harmony Activity
Modes – This switches modes
Someone Arrives – This changes to the correct mode when someone arrives home
Everyone Leaves – This changes mode to away once everyone leaves
Arrival Lights  COMING SOON – This turns on lights depending on conditions when someone arrives

Door Bell Notification COMING SOON – This along with a raspberry pi can email you when a door bell is pressed

Basic Button (With Held Option) – A few simple pistons for a single button devices
One Button Turned Into a 4 Button – Make a single button device do more

House Averages – Creates a global variables for the the average Temperature, Humidity and illuminance
Downstairs Averages – Same as “House Averages” but with the global names changes to down
Upstairs Averages – Same as “House Averages” but with the global names change to up

The Best SmartThings Community Made App – webCoRE

Without webCoRE I would of outgrown SmartThings as without this app I wouldn’t be able to do most of what I do with SmartThings, The App is so powerful and that good the creator was recently hired by SmartThings. What is webCoRE?

The web Community’s own Rule Engine (or for short, webCoRE) is a general rule engine for SmartThings. It works by allowing users to create scripts that are interpreted and executed by the SmartThings SmartApp, allowing for complex decisions.

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Nest & Samsung SmartThings – 2018

In my original post back in 2016 I explained that Nest didn’t officially support SmartThings and it was a community made device handler that made it work. Well I would love to say two years later there is now a official way to connect to SmartThings, but I’m afraid it’s still not the case but a another  community based App & Device Handlers took over which also brings Nest Protects & Camera’s to SmartThings.
For more information about NST Manager go to there wiki page which explains everything you need to know. It has become harder to setup as Nest haven’t been a great help to the creator so you now also have to sign up to be a Nest developer to be able to setup NST Manager, for more information on that see this PDF. I have my Nest Thermostat & two Nest Protects connected to SmartThings this way and it works great, In my eyes it’s in the top 5 most important community made App.

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SmartThings Life360 – With Added Refresh Command & More

Around a year ago I modified the official Life 360 App & Device Handler to add a refresh button so if Life360 didn’t update correctly a quick press of the refresh button and Life360 updates the status of all your Life360 devices.
A few weeks ago a user on the ST community called btrial added

  • Distance from your chosen place in Miles or KM (can be used in webCore)
  • User can change display of distance to either Miles or KM in the configure page
  • Sleep / awake status (can be used in webCore)
  • Last location update date/time

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Hue B Smart App – Add Groups/Rooms & Scenes to SmartThings – Remove the popcorn effect!

Around a year ago I took over development of a SmartThings App called Hue B Smart which allows you to import your Hue groups and scenes into SmartThings allowing you to have less devices in your ST App as you wont need every bulb added but also remove the popcorn effect when turning on loads of single lights at the same time using ST.
Now this is a worst case but shows you how bad it can be.

Before we continue I must say that to install the Hue B Smart app your will have to remove all your current Hue devices and app from SmartThings, I know that this can look like a huge task as you will have to add all your devices back into you ST apps once they have been installed using Hue B Smart. But you will have less devices to add back as your now be able to just add the group.

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